Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe will return to the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, opening in a number of weeks, 5 years after the favored sports activities bar, dance membership, and restaurant closed, WTOP has discovered.

Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe will return to the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, in a number of weeks — 5 years after the favored sports activities bar, dance membership and restaurant closed, WTOP has discovered.

Bobby Lee opened the unique Mister Days in 1977 south of D.C.’s Dupont Circle. The lunch counter served solely a roast beef sandwich. Soon after, Mister Days moved to 18th Street Northwest between L and M Streets Northwest, and ultimately moved to Clarendon in 1999.

Lee stated he’s within the strategy of securing the suitable permits and hopes to be open in May at 1101 N. Highland Street.

“It’s throughout the road from the outdated Mister Days,” Lee stated.

“The motive we have been known as Mister Days is as a result of we have been solely open throughout the day,” he stated.

In the years that adopted, the alley that housed Mister Days grew to become dwelling to different companies owned by Lee: Captain Days Seafood Restaurant and Happy Days Diner, which operated within the evenings as Back Alley Cafe.

In 1999, Mister Days moved to Clarendon, on the nook of Washington Boulevard and Highland Street. As Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe, close to Courthouse Metro, amid the blossoming Clarendon neighborhood, Mr. Days was a well-liked place for individuals to observe a sporting occasion, eat and drink or dance.

“We’re very excited,” Lee instructed WTOP, who stated his determination to shut the Clarendon enterprise in April 2019 was partially because of well being causes.

“I’ve crushed that again, and I’m able to go,” he stated.

Why get again within the demanding enterprise?

“I’m sufficiently old to gather Social Security, however not able to die,” Lee joked. “And an area opened up, so I figured, why not?”

The Alley transferring to Clarendon

During Mister Days’ keep within the District, Lee launched an idea that he’ll deliver to newly opened location.

“Originally, on a St. Patrick’s Day we had reside music within the alley, and folks liked it. But I observed that when the band stopped, and the spinners began taking part in recorded music, individuals have been dancing,” Lee stated.

He realized the thought of dancing within the alley may very well be well-liked, even with out the St. Patrick’s Day crowd.

“So, we’d do the Rally within the Alley the weekend earlier than or after St. Patrick’s Day, relying upon the calendar annually,” Lee stated.

He stated the brand new Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe in Clarendon will occupy two flooring and have a bit known as The Alley. He envisions getting permits for outside alley occasions after opening.

While “we didn’t do a lot renovating — it’s principally lipstick and rouge,” Lee stated the sports activities viewing expertise shall be state-of-the-art.

“The large display screen we obtained simply cleared customs, and could be the greatest one in Northern Virginia.”

Lee stated the menu of the brand new place will embody new touches, “however we’re not throwing the child out with the bathtub water — we’ll nonetheless have nice bar meals.”

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